Saturday 27 January 2024

Brent routine back to, well, routine again. Plus a Goosander visit

A light SW drifting to SE wind. A mainly dry day with sunny spells.

Just my stuff so far (MD)

Pale-bellied Brent goose 47 - 45 were feeding on the rocks out from the play area on the north side. Two lots were seen flying into Red Nab from the north side, 29 and 14. Later 39 and 8 flew south from Red Nab.

South shore
Brent geese as above
Wigeon 220
Shag 2 on the wooden jetty
Rock Pipit 1

Middleton Nature Reserve 
A quick lunchtime check, to see if I could find yesterday's Kingfisher, no luck there but a nice surprise.
Goosander 1 male - they have historically been very rare here, but records have been increasing recently, probably relating to the developing fish stocks in the two main ponds.
Male Goosander

This clip gives a nice view from all angles.
A passing evening check saw that it was still on the pond.

There were other ducks on the pond, but they were resting behind the tree cover so hard to see but at least
Gadwall 4
Mallard 2
Little Grebe 1 calling from the main pond
Other stuff on the main pond was as yesterday 
Pink-Footed goose 29 north

Just out of the recording area - the Glossy Ibis was still in the horse paddock behind Middleton Parish Hall early evening. I wasn't going to bother with a picture as my shots can't improve on some of the excellent pictures posted recently. But it seems to be loosing a feather, so took this clip to better demonstrate (sorry about the chainsaw noise, but it does show that it is quite tolerant of disturbance)